Born: 4 February 1838 in White County, Tennessee
Died: 2 December 1906 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Brotherton Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Thomas and Catherine (Rogers) Cooper

Married: Martha Ann Barnes on 10 February 1859 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 26 October 1842 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Died: 27 January 1930 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Brotherton Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Thomas and Mary "Polly" (Strien) Barnes


  1. Mary C. Cooper
  2. Thomas C. Cooper
  3. William F. Cooper
  4. George W. Cooper
  5. James Cooper
  6. Lettie Cooper


  • Brother: Nathan Cooper
  • Brother: William Kennedy Cooper
  • Brother-in-law: Jesse Barnes - 13th Tennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: James Marion Barnes - 13th Tennessee (Gore's) Cavalry Regiment


13th (Gore's) Tennessee Cavalry
(also known as 8th Tennessee Cavalry)
Company C


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 1 Sep 1862 at Cookeville
  • 12 Oct 1862: Present



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  • Filed: 4 Aug 1903
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Brotherton, Putnam County, TN
  • Member: George Dibrell's Regiment of 8th TN Co. C
  • Born: about 1833 in Putnam County
  • Enlisted: Woolsey's Co. C 8th TN
  • Battles: Parker's Crossroads
  • Wife is 58 years old
  • 3 sons and 2 daughters
  • Attest: T. H. Webb & B. F. Ferguson

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  • Filed 17 June 1908
  • Accepted
  • Resident of TN all her life
  • Born 25 Oct 1842 in what is now Putnam County, TN
  • Maiden name was Barnes
  • Husband was born in what is now Putnam County on 4 Feb 1838
  • They were married 10 Feb 1859 by Isaac Buck, JP
  • Husband died 2 Dec 1906 in Brotherton
  • Children: two girls and three boys
  • Witnesses: William Kennedy Cooper and George M. Moore
    • W. K. Cooper resides at Brotherton.
    • He has known her all his life.
    • W.K. Cooper and G. M. Cooper were brothers.
    • G. M. and Martha were married in 1858 in Putnam County, by Isaac Buck.
    • G. M. Cooper died in Brotherton in 1906.


  • Filed 20 Dec 1913
  • Resident of Tennessee since 1842, 71 years
  • Maiden Name: Martha Ann Barnes
  • Gabriel Marion Cooper was born in 1838 in Putnam County
  • Married by Rev. Isaac Buck in Putnam County
  • Husband died in December 1906
  • Children: Mary - 51; Calhoun - 50; James - 48; George - 47; Lettie - 39
  • Witness: William Kennedy Cooper
    • Have known her 65 years
    • She was born in 1842 in Putnam County
    • Married about 1856 by Rev. Isaac Buck
    • Gabriel Marion Cooper died in December 1906 at Brotherton

Supporting Documents:

  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (24 Nov 1904) - GMC had not proven that he is indigent or how he got out of the army.
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (24 Nov 1904) - GMC claims he was discharged for disability
  • War Department (26 Nov 1904) - Sent service records
  • John J. Brewer, Mr. Swallows, W. A. Jernigan, JP (9 Dec 1904) - We know GMC and know that he is in very bad health.
  • J. T. Pointer Trustee (24 Dec 1904) - GMC owns 300 acres of land.
  • GMC (4 April 1906) - He had a voucher sent to him which he filled out and sent back with the Trustee's signature.
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (24 June 1908) - Requests Service Records
  • War Department (26 June 1908) - Returns to TBPE
  • S. D. Bilbrey (18 Dec 1913) - Was in the same company as GMC and knows that Martha Ann Cooper is his widow.
  • H. S. Barnes (19 Dec 1913) - He is sending in the application for widow's pension Mrs. Martha Ann Cooper, widow of Gabriel Marian Cooper.
  • L. S. Starnes (5 March 1914) to Capt. John P. Hickman - Mrs. Martha Cooper's husband was Gabriel Marion Cooper. You must have had someone else in mind.
  • Caroline Cooper (18 Dec 1919) - She is the wife of William Canada Cooper and was 75 years old on 31 May 1913. She was present when GMC joined the army and came home sick on furlough. He started back but got sick.
  • Caroline L. Cooper (----) - Answers questions concerning the health of Gabriel Marion Cooper after the war.
  • Martha J. Bilbrey aged 78 and Martha Cooper age 81 (---) - GMC was splendid citizen. They knew him from their childhood to his death. During the war, a horse fell on him. Upon his return from the war, he was in poor health and unable to return to the fight.


  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 62
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 37
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 149
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 142A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 70B


Putnam County Herald
27 January 1930
Vol. XXVIII, No. 5, Page 1

  • Pioneer Woman Passes Away -- Mrs. Martha Ann Cooper, age 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin Loftis, 3 miles east of Cookeville on Monday, January 27th. Mrs. Cooper was the daughter of Thomas Barnes, a pioneer settler of Putnam county, and was the youngest of a family of 20 children, all of whom preceded her to the Great Beyond. Mrs. Cooper was married to Gabriel Marion Cooper about 1856, who died December 2, 1906, and to which union five children were born -- T. C. Cooper, Mrs. W. F. Hall, and James Cooper, all deceased and G. W. Cooper of Monterey and Mrs. Martin Loftis of near Cookeville with whom she had made her home for several years. Mrs. Cooper had been a member of the Methodist Church family for more than 70 years and was a woman on highest type of Christian Character and greatly loved by all who knew her. Religious services were conducted at the residence on Tuesday afternoon by Reverend Dow Ensor, attended by a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives, after which her remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the Brotherton cemetery.


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1930) - #1573 - Martha Ann Cooper


Cooper Family

Martha and Gabriel Marion Cooper


Photo Source: Siftings from Putnam County, Tennessee, Page 170